The Texas Education Agency has selected Angelo State University’s online Master of Science in Education with Texas Principal Certification program to receive the TEA Principal Residence Scholarship for the 2023-2024 school year.
Through this program, ASU will partner with public school districts and charter schools to enable master’s students to take a full-time, one-year position as assistant principal trainees and receive training in course of employment while completing their MS. The program aims to have successful trainees ready to work as vice principals or principals in school districts upon completion of the program. Participating school districts are eligible for grant funds of up to $70,000 per intern to help pay for salaries, tuition, and certification exams. Grant applications will open this fall.
ASU is one of 19 universities or educational service centers to have a primary residence grant approved for the 2023-2024 TEA cycle.
This grant comes at a time when Texas is declining in teacher attrition. In a 2021 Teacher Staff Report conducted by the University of Houston and the Raise Your Hand Texas Foundation, nearly half of all teachers who were teaching in 2010 have stopped teaching by 2020. According to a Rand Corporation investigation, one in four teachers was likely to leave their job by the end of the 2020-2021 school year. Now, after the peak of the pandemic, K-3 teachers looking to resume pre-pandemic learning are facing new training requirements called “reading academies” – unpaid courses of 60 to 120 hours required by the Texas Legislature to be able to continue teaching until 2023 according to an article by Brian Lopez of the Texas Tribune. The Texas Grandstand also reported that the number of teachers who quit mid-year increased by about 60% from fiscal year 2021, and 471 termination reports were filed. Teachers who quit mid-year may have their license revoked by their school district.
ASU said school districts and charter schools interested in partnering with the Master of Science in Educational Leadership for this residency program should contact Tia Agan at 325-486-6791 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Further information can be obtained by contacting TEA Educator Readiness Capacity Building Specialist Ebony Love at email@example.com.